How to Find & Identify Bed Bugs in Your Bed

Are you waking up in the morning with itchy red bumps on your back and legs? Do you find it difficult to get a good sleep because you’re waking up itchy? If you are experiencing the following issues, you may be dealing with bed bugs.

Try not to panic; there are many effective treatments to get rid of them. Bed bug treatments require some time and patience. The peace of mind you will receive once the treatment is completed is well worth the investment.

Finding and Identifying

This step is challenging because bed bugs are very hard to spot. They are very quick to run and hide. In addition, they rarely show up during the day. You’ll need to act fast to get your hands on one. Inspect your bed thoroughly; check all corners and crevices, pillowcases, and bedspreads. If you remove all your bedding and look closely, you’re likely to spot one or traces of them (blood stains, droppings, or shell).

If you’re not sure what to look for, they’re small, flat, wingless and have 6 tiny legs. They’re brown and rust-coloured. You can also identify them from their bite. Bed bug bites cause skin to swell with red bumps and a dark, itchy centre. They can also be painful and take a few days to subside.

Instead of taking the time and energy to try and to catch these quick, elusive intruders, consider calling a bed bug specialist (like Thermokill) for a free inspection. An exterminator will use their expertise to thoroughly expect your home or office.

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Next Steps

Once bed bugs are detected, you need to act fast and treat the issue. Here’s what you need to do.

1- Isolate the Infestation

The first step is to containment. Avoid going into the room where bed bugs have been detected. Remove all pieces of clothing, carpeting and curtains. Carefully store these items in a plastic bag. You can vacuum your wardrobe, carpets or dressers as well.

Most commercial insecticides will only be effective in killing bed bugs if applied directly on them. Unfortunately, this do-it-yourself method will only kill the bugs that you can see. You will not reach all the eggs hidden in the cracks of your bed, furniture, and other nooks and crannies. This method is labour intensive, and it will at best only remove up to 20% of the infestation.

2- Bed Bug Heat Treatment

This is an effective treatment, the procedure involves using heat to kill adult bed bugs, and their eggs in a single treatment. It is administered by professional bed bug specialists who may use a heat pod or commercial equipment to kill bed bugs and their eggs. Bed bug heat treatments are the quickest, safest and the most effective method of extermination that exists today.

You can call Thermokill to arrange a free bed bug inspection in Toronto and all surrounding regions from Kingston to Hamilton, Muskoka and Kitchener to get the issue resolved promptly and effectively.

3- Monitor

You’ll need to monitor the infested area closely. Thermokill offers a follow up visit two weeks post treatment to ensure that 100% of the bed bugs and eggs have been killed and removed. If the problem persists, you may need another treatment. Thankfully, this does not happen often, as long as you choose wisely.

It is best to use professional exterminators, like Thermokill, to make sure you do not have to pay for two treatments. Reputable bed bug specialists who provide months of warranty; look for this guarantee to give you greater return on your investment.

The Final Verdict

Bed bugs can be a menace. They’re unwanted and can upset your daily routine. They can make you, or someone you love, uncomfortable during sleep. Even though having bed bugs is an unpleasant experience, you can make them a distant memory by purchasing a bed bug heat treatment from a professional exterminator.

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